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Vigil in Helena held in remembrance of Sandy Hook victims

It has been seven years since the massacre
Posted at 10:54 AM, Dec 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-15 12:54:51-05

HELENA — This weekend is the time of the year when people across the country gather to remember the victims of the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012.

About 75 people held a vigil Friday afternoon at the state Capitol in Helena.

The events in towns across America are organized by Moms Demand Action, a group pushing for what it calls common-sense gun laws.

Pictures of the 27 victims at Sandy Hook were displayed at a table in the Capitol rotunda, including students and staffers from the Connecticut school.

Lauren Murphy of Helena read off the statistics of gun violence in America: More than 2,700 children and teens killed every year by guns, and 14,500 injured.

Mary Linn Crouse of Helena also led the crowd in a litany, calling for action to reduce gun violence.

“The memories of these 20 beautiful children, the six remarkable adults on the staff and now the parent continues to break our hearts," said Crouse. "Too many deaths by gun violence has happened since Sandy Hook. These tragedies must end.”

Saturday was the seventh anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting.